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Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Competitive pay, great benefits package (in 10 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance, office environment, and in a wonderful city (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • its a very top heavy organization and you find yourself wondering what a lot of your colleagues actually do to earn their paycheck (in 4 reviews)

  • career growth could be a challenge (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Small company with a big, progressive company feel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and not a lot of pressure

    Cons

    Lack of 360 degree feedback and inflated performance review program


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay, great benefits, awesome co-workers, challenging work, global travel

    Cons

    Too many priorities, mostly men in leadership roles

    CFA Institute Response

    Aug 7, 2017 – Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    I concur - we do have awesome co-workers, challenging work, and excellent total rewards in a very global environment. Indeed our leadership team includes 3 women (the CFO, CLO and CIO) and 11 men... More

  3. "Great company for such a small town"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits package.

    Cons

    The opportunities to be creative are minimal.


  4. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance
    Exceptional Benefits

    Cons

    Upper Managment is too top heavy


  5. Helpful (2)

    "good benefits, top heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CFA Institute full-time

    Pros

    you can earn a good salary and receive good benefits here...if you're a senior manager, the pay raises are very good

    Cons

    its a very top heavy organization and you find yourself wondering what a lot of your colleagues actually do to earn their paycheck


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Company Rating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time

    Pros

    excellent benefits, great work space environment, amazing subsidized café,

    Cons

    Upper management, unclear career paths for all positions, review structure


  7. "Excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time

    Pros

    Much opportunity to learn and advance

    Cons

    Working with volunteers requires ongoing training and orientation

  8. Helpful (2)

    "CFA Institute, Global Operations Center"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, the chance to make important contributions to society, pleasant culture where you really feel they care about you.

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions; working with people in our other offices around the world can occasionally lead to odd working hours and a lot of travel, although not everyone sees a lot of travel as a "con."

    Advice to Management

    I love that you're working so hard on improving employee engagement. Keep it up! The strategic planning cycle needs to be simplified, explained more clearly, and the deadlines need to be announced much sooner than they have been in the past.


  9. "Far Better Than Most"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful, smart, friendly people working for an important global cause. Great work/life balance, office environment, and in a wonderful city. Reasonable pay, but likely the above things are more the draw.

    Cons

    Feels very top heavy. Often-changing leaders cascade change downward and outward. I feel. Seems like people just don't feel there is a career path they can easily envision.

    Advice to Management

    Less sweeping change every couple of years (for a very successful company) would probably net less employee negativity. As I see it, personal, then institutional uncertainty has been the cause of disgruntled folks in most cases


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Social Media Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Social Media Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Social Media Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CFA Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the Company has good benefits.

    Cons

    Management does not understand work involved on many tasks, further, they say they appreciate employees but actions do not match what they say.

    Advice to Management

    Should listen to employees and understand work involved.


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